Polish Government Honors FBI Official for Repatriation of Looted Art to Poland

(Right to Left) Assistant Legal Attaché James Brown with Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Gliński and Ambassador Paul Jones

On June 18 at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Warsaw, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Piotr Gliński held a ceremony honoring five  individuals who have contributed to the successful repatriation of looted Polish art stolen during World War II. Among those he honored was Assistant Legal Attaché James Brown from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who received an honorary medal for “Service to Polish Culture.” Deputy Prime Minister Gliński saluted the work of Attaché Brown and the excellent cooperation he coordinated from the FBI. During his remarks, Ambassador Jones thanked the government of Poland for their recognition of Attaché Brown’s service. He also thanked Attaché Brown for his “dedication to this important mission that demonstrates America’s respect for Poland’s cultural heritage.” In the last several years Attaché Brown was involved in the successful repatriation of two precious pieces of Polish art from the United States — the 19th century painting “Street with Castle Ruins” and the19th century miniature painting “Portrait of a Lady.”